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Does Blockchain Have a Governance Problem?

Does Blockchain Have a Governance Problem?

Presented at the Mini-Conference on the Future of Blockchain at the Univ. of British Columbia. May 25, 2018.

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Angela Walch

May 25, 2018
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  1. Does Blockchain have a Governance Problem? Angela Walch @angela_walch Associate

    Professor St. Mary’s University School of Law Research Fellow UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies UBC Mini-Conference May 25, 2018 1 UCL CENTRE FOR BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES
  2. Yes. May 25, 2018 A. Walch, UBC 2

  3. How We’ll Proceed • Decentralization = No Power! • Crisis!

    • Fine, we’ll fix the governance. • Are we still special if we fix the governance? • What this all means. May 25, 2018 A. Walch, UBC 3
  4. Decentralization – No Power! May 25, 2018 A. Walch, UBC

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  5. Who Ya Gonna Call? May 25, 2018 A. Walch, UBC

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  6. Tinkering May 25, 2018 A. Walch, UBC 6

  7. Am I Still Special? March 19, 2018 A. Walch, Geekdom

    Presentation 7
  8. But, What Does This All Mean? • Governance is always

    happening – whether we acknowledge it openly or not. • Governance has consequences – both for the governors and for the governed. • Poor governance  paralysis/disaster. • Poor/experimental governance in public blockchains limits their usefulness for anything of importance. • Paradox – if you add governance, are public blockchains innovative/special? (Lehdonvirta) May 25, 2018 A. Walch, UBC 8
  9. In Conclusion: May 25, 2018 A. Walch, UBC 9

  10. Angela Walch angelawalch.com Twitter: @angela_walch awalch@stmarytx.edu UCL CENTRE FOR BLOCKCHAIN

    TECHNOLOGIES Thank you!